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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    Well I can certainly see how last year could have been overwhelming for you! Just went back and took another look at your photos and it definitely looks like a fulltime job for 8 or 10 set designers. You really outdid yourself! I have no idea where you'd even go from there. Those villages can be deceptively time consuming. But nothing like a home haunt. And if you get in too deep it's a little easier to extricate yourself. Not quite as easy to just "stop" when you're vacuuforming walls. ...
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    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    Doing Ok. No exciting news here though. Still waiting on New Who so I haven't activated the SneakyKidSignal (tm) yet. ;) You say crazy like it's a bad thing.
  • Phantom Blue's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 06:50 PM
    Nice little doggy!
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    08-01-2015, 02:12 PM
    Hey! Thanks for the post! Halloween is getting closer and closer! I guess we likely won't be getting any exciting Martha stuff this year. :/
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    07-31-2015, 06:03 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on psox16's profile
    Awww. What a nice response! I figured you might have a sock thing. Goes with the yarn hair. ;) Well, you've got plans to go over! That's pretty huge right there! :) I always have a huge list and usually it's the thing I was working on when the TOTers showed up last year that gets done this year. Hope to do better this time around. How's the hubby's take on Halloween. I seem to remember reading you'd enlisted him to build something for you. And I remember he wasn't available to help out...
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    07-31-2015, 05:28 PM
    GobbyGruesome posted a visitor message on psox16's profile
    Hey, psox! (where does that come from anyway?) How goes your Halloween planning?
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    07-30-2015, 06:05 AM
    They've done a fair bit of work at Heritage park. They've added some shops outside the gate and a fancy restaurant that gets pretty good reviews. We quite like the little midway rides they have there now - but I think they've been there for years. I think they added some kind of log ride at Calaway. It was supposed to be done last year but they never got it finished. We actually had perfect weather for Halloween this year. Couldn't have been better. But the day after we go snow - normally we...
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    07-29-2015, 09:35 PM
    That suck that they shut down the Stirling Mansion. I can't see them finding a better location than that house.
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    07-29-2015, 09:34 PM
    Still looking. Always looking. Haven't found anything that I really enjoy or that pays what I'd like, but it does help burn off the calories. Beakerhead is a little weird. I think it's in September but it's kind of a series of events in scattered around the city. I don't know if it's the kind of thing I'd make a special trip for. The Octopus showed up at a few different locations around the city. Mostly tiny little street fairs. Don't know if it'll be back this year or not. The event is...
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    07-29-2015, 12:49 PM
    This is my favourite thing from Beakerhead last year (check out the video in the first post). We also went to the catapult competition which was pretty fun although not as awesome as it sounds. halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/137475-fans-giant-flaming-mechanical-octopi.html
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    07-29-2015, 12:43 PM
    GobbyGruesome commented on GobbyGruesome's photo in album Halloween 2014
    It's a great mask! I think it cost us $10 on clearance?
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    07-29-2015, 12:42 PM
    Beakerhead is a festival started up by Jay Ingram...the guy from the Discovery Channel. Yeah it's kind of science and engineering meet art. Pretty hipster. Thanks for the photo comments. Did you check the Beetlejuice video? I was really proud of his movement even though it was a bit of a fluke. We just use the old exacto knife and keep a vacuum very close by. I do use a hot knife for cutting the large shape, but I don't think I'm steady enough to use it for the detail work.
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    07-29-2015, 10:53 AM
    Ugh. Foot surgery does not sound pleasant. But you sound ready to get back in the saddle. Congrats on the Dayhome. That sounds like a great solution and it's definitely an occupation with some serious job security. Not much planned for this year. If we had unlimited time and finances, I'd probably try to do some kind of Disney theme. Maybe add the which from Snow White, the little devils (like my avatar) from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, maybe some hitchhiking ghosts. But as it stands we'll...
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    07-29-2015, 06:42 AM
    No real stories to tell here. Lost a bit of weight and trying to get back running but that's the extent of the excitement! OH, and I don't know if you remember but we finally sold my parents house. So that's an end to that particular chapter of the drama. Just starting to thing about Halloween, but probably won't actually get started until September. How about yourself?s
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    07-28-2015, 04:10 PM
    GobbyGruesome replied to a thread Hello! in Member Introduction
    Hey Sarah! Welcome to the forum! Hope you'll share some of your past Halloween crafts with us once you get settled in. (So SparkleShine is your married name? Or do I hyphenate that? ;) )
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    07-28-2015, 03:30 PM
    Hey Stranger! :)
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    07-28-2015, 09:26 AM
    Phantom Blue replied to a thread Mechanical: Toe pincher lookout skeleton in Halloween Props
    Excellent Job - Looks great!
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  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    07-27-2015, 02:24 PM
    Black wash came out great - looks very different, especially on the little ones. Love the lighting, too.
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  • Kymmm's Avatar
    07-27-2015, 12:35 PM
    she almost looks like a rel person! Spooky!
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    07-27-2015, 12:34 PM
    I really like this mask too!
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    07-27-2015, 12:33 PM
    I have a hanging witch who's face is very similar to this one.. we refer to her as the drunk old lady.. lol
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    07-27-2015, 12:33 PM
    Love this guy too! He's scary!
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    07-27-2015, 12:19 PM
    This one is great! :)
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    07-27-2015, 12:18 PM
    She looks very Wicked! Love it!
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    07-27-2015, 12:18 PM
    Love this face!!!
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    07-27-2015, 12:17 PM
    Kymmm posted a visitor message on printersdevil's profile
    Thank you so much for the picture comments! I hardly ever pop in for any length of time so it was nice to see when I did! Thanks again!! :)
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    Well I can certainly see how last year could have been overwhelming for you! Just went back and took another look at your photos and it definitely looks like a fulltime job for 8 or 10 set designers. You really outdid yourself! I have no idea where you'd even go from there.

    Those villages can be deceptively time consuming. But nothing like a home haunt. And if you get in too deep it's a little easier to extricate yourself. Not quite as easy to just "stop" when you're vacuuforming walls.

    Nothing really new here. I think my wife's brother and his family are coming out for a visit at Halloween so we should probably add something new to the yard. Haven't given it a ton of thought yet though.
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    Hey Bam! How you doing? Are you starting to gear up for Halloween already?
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    Congrats on being featured in Pumpkinrot's Blog!!!! Too cool!!!
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    Oh my gosh, that looks delicious! I love how your oranges came out - very fierce looking. Is the second picture - I can't tell for sure - cheeseburgers with the cheese on top? Or biscuits with cheese?

    Can't go wrong with pretzels and chocolate, that's for sure.
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    Well thank you kind Sir. Ended up being rushed so not quite a tpost. We had heavy rain and some wind all morning till just about TOTing time. With a paper mache coffin, we ended up with a few problems.
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    Yeah, Beetlejuice is new this year. He was kinda the one thing I had in mind that would be new. But then my wife showed an interest in doing a coupe more tombstones so we focused on that. Wasn't sure that I'd get time to get to him, but he came together pretty quickly in the end. I busted the crank arm on the motor putting him away though, so I'll either have to change it out or do something different next yar.

    Mummy has been around forever, but we change the lighting up on him periodically. The arch still needs better lighting. My goal eventually is to do those skeleton arm light sconces but I've just never gotten to it.

    No plans to add Casper, but I've had a Slimer mask that I hoped to turn into a tombstone peeper or something. He may show up next year.

    Thanks for the nice words Bam. You know I think you haunt is pretty much perfect, and getting better every year so it means a lot.
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    Thank you! Not sure which you are referring to..I think I have pics of 3 or 4 different ones on here. Super easy AND cheap to make-simply awesome lit up at night!!! Intellegirl made some really beautiful Victorian ones-check those out too.
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    Thank you for stopping by!! I work on setup all the month of September. I really enjoy that time of year and love puttering each day. I really do try to aim for the official 'light up' the first weekend of October. Yes. Storage has gotten insane. We have a 13 by 35 foot storage unit for all the Halloween. We live in a small country town, so we don't get tons of traffic, but it's a nice steady drive by of families in cars the whole month, and somewhere around 140 ToTs. I've never really been able to keep a real count. People do stop by and walk around in the evenings. It's such a nice experience for us.
    Well, thanks again for checking us out. I'm honored.
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    Well, TalkingCatBlues takes a lot of the credit for the animation. I really didn't understand her theme 100% until she started setting up - then I realized how brilliant it was. She did an amazing job. I'm glad the video worked OK for her. I hadn't done much flash animation in a while so it was a bit of a learning experience.

    Sorry to hear Halloween left you a little rundown. Hope the humbugs didn't hit until after the haunt. I appreciate you checking in though - I was getting a little worried.

    Don't feel like you need to rush back here. I'm kind of avoiding the place to a large degree until I get a better job. So if you need a break, I say you take it - it's definitely well-earned.
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    Hey - uploaded the loop that Tom made to Vimeo so you can see the rest of it. It was so much fun listening to people react to it. Very cool.

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